Should I expect figs this year?
I planted a Brown Turkey two years ago along with some green fig variety I cant recall it's name. During that summer the brown turkey grew very well and had a lot of leaves, thick stems, looked healthy. The green one - not so much.
That fall we placed a large tomato cage around them (think Texas tomato cages) and filled it in with dry leaves, then wrapped in burlap and finally covered with plastic.
Following spring on a warm day we were excited and uncovered them. We found both had survived and we already saw little bright green buds of life. Over the next couple warm days these buds grew and you could see them start to separate a bit as small baby leaves were about to sprout.
Then a sudden cold spell hit and we failed to protect them and both plants died back to their roots.
For the brown turkey we cut back to the base and it grew back vigorously that summer but we didnt expect any fruit. For the green variety we eliminated it and I received a transplant to replace it from a guy who lives near me - it's also a green variety fig but I dont know it's name either.
Then we repeated the same steps for covering them for the winter but this time we were very careful about uncovering them too early and protecting them when cold spells hit and they both survived well so far and have nice leaves almost fully mature on just about any woody stem it has.
So should I expect to see some fruit this year? When to figs typically begin fruiting (do all figs have an early "petrovac" fruiting followed by a main harvest in late summer?) And from what part of the plant to the fruit come out and what do the fruit buds look like before they start taking the shape of fruit? I.e. how can I distinguish a bud that will form a leave rather than a bud that will form fruit?